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From: Alex David Groce <Alex_Groce@gs246.sp.cs.cmu.edu>
Subject: Re: (whorl) Horn Dies
Date: Mon, 26 Feb 2001 17:33:36 

Blattid spoke:

> > > That's you, me, and Alex ... is anyone else on this list explicitly
> > > Christian? (Is _anyone_ but me on this list explicitly Catholic?)

> > I am

> Right, which is why I put "and Alex" in the paragraph you quoted 8*)

Ah, I was replying to the "explicitly Catholic" part, which wasn't
true when I joined the list, but is now.

> Obnoxious, no, but I think we need a little more participation that
> focuses on the (often explicit) religious side of Mr Wolfe's
> writing. I often wonder what non-Christians see in him, but then I
> wonder that about Lewis too (and have atheist friends who are
> positively rabid, or rabidly positive, about Narnia, so go figure).

Of the "off the list" Wolfe fans I know, three are Catholic (and one
of these is only a rather lukewarm Wolfe fan), two Protestant, and
five some gamut of atheist, agnostic, non-dogmatic mysticism (don't
ask me), etc., but certainly in Urusula K. LeGuin's category of
"definitely NOT Christian."

Dante, for instance, certainly has his share of great admirers, even
devotees, who do not share his theology or metaphysics (Borges frex).
The same holds for, say, Eliot (although to a lesser degree, and with
more controversy).  I would be surprised to find Wolfe fans who don't
have the background to place the references at all, though.

"And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." John 8:32
Alex David Groce (agroce+@cs.cmu.edu)
Ph.D. Student, Carnegie Mellon University - Computer Science Department
8112 Wean Hall (412)-268-3066

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